by Nick Delgado
Guam - The Department of Public Health won't say what they believe was the cause of a possible foodborne illness outbreak that occurred on Thanksgiving. More than a dozen people were sent to the emergency room with food poisoning symptoms. Public Health Division of Environmental Health Administrator Tom Nadeau says interviews are being conducted with 17 individuals who were admitted to the emergency room.
He said, "So to date we have 17 individuals referred to us suspect of foodborne illness, so we're doing the interviews of all of them get their food history, their symptoms and see if there's a common link if you will of any particular establishment but investigation is ongoing so it's actually too premature to say what's the particular agent or food source that caused this illness."
Regina Santos and her nephew were among the 17 people who were taken to the hospital and they claim they got sick after eating cream puffs from Celebrity Bakery in Mangilao. Another 7 people were treated at Naval Hospital with similar symptoms. The bakery owner Neelia Pono however has denied the claims saying nothing has been proven and Public Health continues to investigate. Public Health meanwhile reminds the public about food safety especially during the holidays.